Maple Leaf Lunacy
Left-Wing Identitarian rhetoric has been somewhat “mainstream” in the past few years, and they have seem to found a mouthpiece in the Canadian Prime-Minister, Justin Trudeau. Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, has an image created of him where he assumes the role of Canada’s Progressive leader, taking a stand against what he perceives as injustice and bigotry; this image is very distorted.
Trudeau has made various statements that could be seen as “unnerving”. In 2011, he condemned calling honor killings “barbaric” on the notion that referring to these actions as such did no good for “neutrality”. He later apologized, making it clear though he disagreed with the wording used to describe the act, he still found the practice “totally unacceptable”.
Unfortunately for Trudeau, criticism of his word choice and questioning of his motives continued from here. In November 2016, following the death of Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro, Trudeau had some rather kind words to say about him. I, personally, would find it a bit odd (to say the least) that the leader of a free and Western Democracy cuddled up to a Communist butcher like Castro.
He was quoted as saying: “While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'el Comandante'." Needless to say, this sparked outrage over social media, with many people condemning his statement.
A quick journey on any search engine will leave you with many younger people praising for his “Progressive” attitude on social issues, but being “Progressive” isn’t always the best thing to be. Take, for instance, his decision to divide his cabinet evenly between both genders, then justifying it on the fact that “It’s (was) 2015.” This is a common Leftist talking point, where the “current year” can justify anything done so long as you claim it is for “progress and equality”.
To be clear, I’m not claiming that Trudeau is some sort of Communist sympathizer or far-left ideologue. What I am trying to bring to light is that this attitude of “Progressivism” and “Current Year Philosophy” has made it’s way into the Canadian leadership, which could be a very bad thing in the future.